The Rescuers 35th Anniversary Edition and The Rescuers Down Under Blu-Ray Review

Rescuers 35th Anniversary and Rescuers Down Under Bluray

The Rescuers 35th Anniversary Edition and The Rescuers Down Under

  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • ASIN: B0084IHVUC

Home theater certainly makes date night at the movies easier. In the comfort of one’s home, it is great to relax and enjoy a feature. No waiting in line for tickets. No need to break the bank at the refreshment stand. Infinite time showings. Plus the best seats in the house. That’s how my grandson, granddaughter and I watched a double feature, The Rescuers and The Rescuers Down Under. Fooled hubby and my middle son who thought I was working meaning babysitting.

Showtime: The baby is entranced by the colors and movement. Breezy’s eyes are fixed on the screen. In her face I see pure enjoyment. Disney magic at work again!

The Rescuers’ theme is neither light nor happy but how it is told makes for great storytelling with heart, drama, and purpose. Characters are well voiced. Animation in varied soft tones excels. The blue shades of the great bayou show as art. Its beginning Louisiana swamp scenes could well be still life paintings. No wonder G-rated The Rescuers (78 minute running time) is a classic.

Elegant Miss Bianca and jittery Bernard have a mission: Rescue orphan Penny who has the key to the Devil’s Eye diamond from evil Madame Medusa and partner Snoops. Destination Devil’s Bayou. To do this they must thwart Medusa, her pet alligators Brutus and Nero, and outrun her swamp mobile. The race is on. Cat Rufus, dragonfly Orville, albatross Orville and Bayou inhabitant muskrats Luke and Ellie Mae, Deacon Owl, jackrabbit Deadeye, mole Digger, and turtle Gramps join them in the adventure.

Intermission: The baby is now sleeping. Breezy requests I hurry and put The Rescuers’ sequel in.

The Rescuers Down Under dispatches Miss Bianca and Bernard on another mission: Save the boy Cody and the rare golden eagle Marahute and her eggs. The enemy is malignant poacher Percival C. McLeach and his pet egg-eating lizard Goanna. His halftrack military-type vehicle makes him even more dangerous. Destination: The Australian Outback. The search is on. McLeach gets his just desserts at Crocodile Falls. Helped by kangaroo mouse operative Jake, albatross Wilbur, and a razorback pig, they free caged Cody and animals McLeach hunted.

The Rescuers Down Under is a lively, sophisticated, fun tale with a running time of 77 minutes. Its use of CAPS rather than hand-painted cells makes scenes like the flight sequences possible. Its score has no musical numbers.

Here is a clip called The Rescue Aid Society.

Today’s Blu-ray DVD have so much more to offer than well-worn VCR tapes. The 3-disc combo pack 35th Anniversary Edition of The Rescuers and the Rescuers Down Under is available online and in retailers nationwide. Released August 21, 2012with a SMRP of $39.99, it contains:

Disc 1

  • Blu-ray Two Feature Films + Bonus Peoplitis (deleted song);
  • The Three Blind Mousketeers (Silly Symphony animated short);
  • Water Birds (Disney True Life Adventure); Someone’s Waiting for You (sing-along song);
  • The Making of the Rescuers Down Under

Disc 2

  • DVD Feature Film + Bonus: The Rescuers 35th Anniversary Edition;
  • The Three Blind Mousketeers (Silly Symphony animated short);
  • Water Birds (Disney True Life Adventure);
  • Someone’s Waiting for You (sing-along song)

Disc 3

  • DVD Feature Film + Bonus: The Rescuers Down Under;
  • The Making of the Rescuers Down Under

The product(s) featured in this review was provided free of cost to me for the sole purpose of product testing and review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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